Community Services & Youth Work

Prepare for a rewarding career in community services, mental health, or youth work, with a qualification from Victoria University Polytechnic.

You'll graduate ready to work in organisations with a high demand for qualified workers, including community organisations, drug and alcohol support agencies, government services, or council facilities. For those already working in the sector, we offer courses that will help you progress into leadership positions.

Why choose VU Polytechnic?

  • Community-focused study

    VU believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. Our work with local organisations benefits the community, and ensures relevant learning and career networks for our students.

  • Support services that work for you

    We offer scholarships, financial advice, counselling, childcare and more to help you succeed in your studies, no matter your background.

  • Innovative, flexible and hands-on learning

    Our multi-award-winning blended-learning model combines eLearning with in-person training and practical applications.

VU Polytechnic is open for on-campus activity. Our priority is always the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, staff and community.

All community services courses

Next intake date is shown on course pages.

Get a taste of our mental health course

Stress Management Breathing Exercise

Learn how to manage stress and anxiety with simple breathing exercises, guided by Community Services Teacher, Christina Shi.

Student stories